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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The New Theocracy

View of a full moon shining on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem
November 27, 2012  (Louis Fisher/FLASH90)

As the Iran nuclear agreement comes up to be debated, we may clearly see the unmasking of the new Theocracy... not in Iran, for that is the old theocracy established in the days of Jimmy Carter, but rather the New Theocracy to potentially be established in the USA.

We read in The Jerusalem Post:

Christians United for Israel acts to block 'bad' nuclear deal with Iran
Christian News By ARIEL COHEN \ 03/12/2015 15:28
Christians United for Israel [CUFI], the United State’s largest pro-Israel group, is taking matters into its own hands when it comes to  encouraging Senators to support the Corker-Menendez Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (S. 615).

The action alert, “No check left blank to Iran,” sent out to CUFI’s over 2 million members exactly one week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to US congress, generated over 57,000 responses in just 24 hours. CUFI constituents emailed their senators urging them that the deal with Iran is moving quickly and that they must block a bad deal from being passed through and ensure that there is Congressional oversight on an any agreement passed.

“It is unconscionable that the President would consider signing a deal of this import without Congressional approval,” CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee said. “Congress is the voice of the people, and the massive response to this action alert makes clear that on Iran, the people want their voice heard.”

The Obama administration is set to reach a deal with Iran by the end of the month. The Corker-Menendez Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was introduced to the Senate to ensure that Congress reviews any nuclear agreement with Iran.  President Obama has vowed to veto this legislation, so in order to ensure the act's passage, it must receive a veto-proof majority of 67 senators or more...
I have had dealings with Christians who believe that the establishment of the State of Israel on 14 May 1948 was a sign foretold of the end of times, for Israel was thus restored in the space of one day.

That belief conveniently ignores the Zionist program and struggles leading up to May 14, 1948, and so also the wars and struggles thereafter.

Furthermore, when I heard these people state their belief, I quoted Peter 2 3:8:

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
They smiled at me in a rather uncomprehending, sociably charming way, and did not get the point, and perhaps never did and never will. Knowing the mind of God, as they do.... as so many of today do, from true believing evangelical types to ISIS and beyond... there is little that can dissuade them.

How long is a day?

It is a blink of some divine eye from World War I to the Balfour Declaration, then on to World War II, then to 1948, and on into the present day, some 67 years later, and there is no resolution to the conflict in Palestine, except that final argument that comes from the barrel of a gun or the explosion of bombs.

And this endless fecklessness is the process that was properly The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, not some mindless hedonism, not some vast brutality, but a spiritual weakness that precluded any initiative to a peaceful community of the inhabited ecumene.

So today: the wars and conflicts are the result of a lack of our own spiritual weakness, our own inability to see the thousand years within a day, or a day within a thousand years... we believe whatever is easiest for us to believe.

When I see a religious group, like CUFI,  taking a political stand, I applaud their backbone and character, for I know that they have given up the hard fight of anchorites in the desert seeking the face of God, and have abandoned their monkish cells, and have crawled back to the streets of Alexandria, where they may mix in with the crowds and yell with one voice and forget that they ever were singular beings connected by a singular knot to the one God!

The Theocracy is an escape from the remote numinous God who breaks like a storm upon us after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness...

It is an embrace of the golden God who seeks the clamor and approbation of the multitude.

Our modern war in Zion has gone on for 67 years.
That is a long war.
The right-wing Likud of Israel has its own desire for land... room for living in, a need which some characters of the past called "Lebensraum".
Since the West Bank, dominated by conquest, is being settled at variance to international law, and since the West Bank is actually East of Israel proper, we see what some in the past called a "Drang nach Osten" - a push to the East.

In fact, we see an endless cycling and recycling of what has gone on over the last hundred years, for we cannot escape our own lack of initiative to leap from the chains which bind us to past sins...
We are in one of those episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, where the crew of the Enterprise goes over and over again through a doomed scenario, only finding a key to salvation in the last three minutes.

"Cause and Effect" with Kelsey Grammer

How valid are the credentials of the New Theocrats?

We read further in The Times Of Israel:
Bad Iran deal foretold in ‘blood moon’ celestial signs?
Discoverer of phenomenon ‘linked’ to upheaval in the Jewish world calls for interfaith prayer for Jerusalem during full lunar eclipse this weekend
By Amanda Borschel-Dan April 3, 2015, 4:11 am 104
After observing a total lunar eclipse over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in 2008, Pastor Mark Biltz pondered the meaning of such a celestial event and began investigating heavenly occurrences in the Bible. He wondered if it was possible to ascribe them meaning.

He found a positive sign almost immediately in Genesis 1:14, the verse in which God creates the sun and the moon. A literal English translation of the Hebrew is: “And God said, and there will be lights in the heaven’s firmament, to separate between day and night, and they will be for signs, and for festivals, and for days, and years.”

... The next challenge was looking for historical connections — which he quickly found in abundance.

In scanning the 5,000 years of lunar eclipses charted on the NASA website, he began seeing a pattern when crossing the dates of past lunar eclipses against historical time periods. Most striking to Biltz were the widespread upheavals he saw linked to the Jewish people and the State of Israel during what NASA labeled “tetrads,” or the phenomena of four full lunar eclipses in two years.

 A "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse

Namely, he recognized that the Inquisition, and Israel’s War of Independence and the Six Day War all occurred during these periods of four “blood moons.” (During the fall of the Second Temple, although not a tetrad year, there were a host of heavenly events, he said.)

This week the world will experience the third of a tetrad of “blood moons,” colloquially termed because of Rayleigh scattering (which also causes sunsets to appear red) in filtered moonlight through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Biltz had accidentally stumbled upon the now wildly popular four blood moon phenomena. He wrote a 2008 book about it and had his idea capitalized upon by popular Pastor John Hagee, who also wrote a bestselling book and recently produced a movie screened in theaters around the world last week.

Some Christian believers, however, look at the four blood moons phenomena as a portent for an apocalyptic end of time. An Internet search on Biltz, the spiritual leader of El Shaddai Ministries with a 250,000-strong weekly online congregation, reveal similar doomsday statements attributed to him. And a huge amount of web space is spent on debunking any and all theories attached to blood moons.

Biltz told The Times of Israel he “100% does not think it’s the end of the world.”

He readily admitted, however that he “would be surprised if a major conflict didn’t take place this year.” As there’s never any need to look very far for contemporary Jewish national strife, he noted last summer’s war with Hamas...

Pastor John Hagee again.

This is the future of the New Theocracy.

As far as Mr. Biltz not being surprised if a major conflict did not take place this year, I suppose it all depends upon the definition of "major".

I mean, if I were the beheadee and not the beheader, then I would consider that little incident of mortality to indeed be major. That there will not be a conflict is a sucker bet.



These ponderings provide an excellent time-line for 2017:
scuttle any accord with Iran, continue wars and civil wars in the Middle East according to the 100 year script we have been cycling through, election of an obscurantist Republican, who might even be not just a climate change denier, but - this would be immense! - a fully fledged science denier!!

Then watch where the pieces fall.


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